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1:43 Diecast Scale Model Hall of Fame

Frank Hornby

Frank Hornby is well known for his many contributions to the toy and diecast model hobby and we are very pleased to honor him. Born in Liverpool, England in 1863, he left school to work in his father’s business. In 1899 he began to make toys for his sons from pieces cut from sheet metal. These included bridges, trucks, and cranes. By 1903 he was selling sets with 16 parts that included instructions to build 12 models. In 1907 he registered his now famous Meccano trademark. By 1912 Meccano toys were being exported to many countries. Märklin in Germany built them under license while Hornby imported the Märklin clockwork engines. In 1927 a line of O scale tinplate trains were introduced. In 1933 Hornby made his greatest contribution to our hobby, introducing a line of toy cars that were to become the basis for today’s 1:43 hobby. These were the Dinky toys. Hornby died in 1936 but he lives in the memory of model car collectors, everywhere for his contribution of the Dinky’s. For this achievement we are pleased to welcome Frank Hornby to our Inaugural 1:43rd Scale Hall of Fame.


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